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Old 02-26-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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Stupid Q: Freshwater coral?

I known this is a really stupid question, but, is there a such thing as freshwater coral? Don't make fun of me for asking, I'm a total livebearer keeper, so I know NOTHING about coral, lol.
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Im going to have to say no.

Corals are marine organisms from the class Anthozoa and exist as small sea anemone-like polyps, typically in colonies of many identical individuals. The group includes the important reef builders that are found in tropical oceans, which secrete calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton.

There is artificial coral though. Its not real or alive but looks close.
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Thank you! You are very smart! I'm gonna do some more research, not planning on buying, but just curious. Thanks!
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If you are just interested in the LOOK of corals, there are some very realistically shaped fakes out there. Fosters and Smiths has some, but the colors seem wildly improbable (to me anyway). But I am not a salt-water person...they might be entirely accurate, for all I know!
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If you are just interested in the LOOK of corals, there are some very realistically shaped fakes out there. Fosters and Smiths has some, but the colors seem wildly improbable (to me anyway). But I am not a salt-water person...they might be entirely accurate, for all I know!
Haha that's the thing that I love about real corals.. They look like they have fake colors but are real. Check out mandarin dragonet and see the colors. It's a fish though lol
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Well there are coral like animals in freshwater. Bryozoans form calciferous skeletons and live colonially within a branching lps like form. Someone on APC had them.
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Well there are coral like animals in freshwater. Bryozoans form calciferous skeletons and live colonially within a branching lps like form. Someone on APC had them.
Absolutely fascinating!
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Tyspot had it right on. While there are freshwater Cnidarians (take Hydra, for instance), class Anthozoa (where the corals and anemones fall) is strictly marine. Don't be afraid to ask questions. The invertebrates are a confusing and spectacular array of organisms, with many existing in both freshwater and marine habitats.
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Yeh...freshwater coral isn't really a thing, plain and simple. If you want coral for a freshwater tank then you need to use artificial coral, which can still look pretty good - https://www.fishtankbank.com/freshwater-coral/
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